Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A granddaughter and grandmother who survived Auschwitz reflect on its impact on them both.

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

Victor and Finola - The Key of Heaven

Victor and Finola - The Key of Heaven

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

Victor shares his new love of life with Finola, who helped him learn to read and write.

Living with loss: Elaine & Marlene

Living with loss: Elaine & Marlene

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

Elaine and Marlene discuss life after the loss of their sons.

Magical powers - Tony and Chris

Magical powers - Tony and Chris

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Tony and Chris are magicians, but is there more to magic than cards and conjuring?

Jo and Hayley: Accepting Fate.

Jo and Hayley: Accepting Fate.

Station: BBC Radio Cumbria

Two mother's share the pain and the ecstasy of having children.

Adoption: Charlotte & Martin

Adoption: Charlotte & Martin

Station: BBC Radio Wales

Teenagers, Charlotte and Martin share their thoughts about being adopted.